The American Culture war can not be fought with competing ideals. Nor can it be fought with mere ideas, nor images, nor a defense of tradition, nor anything we’ve tried in the past. We must ask ourselves, first, why are we losing the culture war? And second, if our strategy isn’t working, why are we continuing to employ it?
Was it Allen West who said, that if you find yourself in a fair fight, you’re doing something wrong? This is what I see conservatives engaging in with liberals – a fair fight. Our ideals versus your ideals. Our traditions versus your traditions (or lack thereof). Our beliefs versus your beliefs. Essentially, conservatives are waging a war of subjectivity against an enemy that has mastered the art of subjectivity and propaganda. So actually, conservatives aren’t even finding themselves in a fair fight. They’ve allowed liberals to choose the higher ground, decide the battlefield, and to define the rules of engagement.
Conservatives have lost the initiative. They need to get it back.
Some Libertarians will understand what I’m about to say; and some will not. My hope is to convince conservatives of a new cultural strategy. Students of Ayn Rand, or Aristotle, or Francis Bacon will understand my tact immediately. I will try to employ their wisdom in defense of what I propose.
The key to defeating liberals is the pursuit of rigorous truth, honesty, and correctness. Ideals, opinions, beliefs, and traditions are sacred to the individual that holds them, but they have no power outside of the mind that has embraced them. Logic and Sermons never convince. Instead, pound your enemy with truth. Make them take indefensible positions. Force them to prove themselves the charlatans that they are!
Francis Bacon quipped that, “Knowledge is power”. Therefore, conservatives should make the pursuit of objective knowledge their most formidable discipline.
How insane is it that Democrats, the principle champions of slavery and segregation, the founders of the Ku Klux Klan, and stained with a legacy of historical racism, should be allowed to stand, virtuously, and condemn their own Confederate Flag? How is this possible without people bursting into furious laughter? We should all be able to sue President Obama and Democrat Party for pain and suffering caused by the persistent clenching of our stomach muscles as we ball over with laughter. We should all be sporting six pack abs from laughing so hard. Laughing is exercise, but too much exercise is abuse; and somebody owes me restitution!
They get away with it because of ignorance. True, this ignorance is by design, because we have allowed liberals to control our government run schools and universities, but the cause is ignorance nonetheless.
In Aristotle’s Metaphysics, he dictated, “The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while, on the other hand, no one fails entirely, but everyone says something true about the nature of all things, and while individually they contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount is amassed”.
Alas, this is not merely true of truth, but of untruth! And by the union of all considerable untruths great frauds and lies are perpetuated amongst the people! That we have allowed this is on us. We have not been diligent in our pursuit of truth. We have accepted, as natural, as tolerable, the people’s embrace of untruth.
Ronald Reagan brilliantly pointed this out when he said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so”. President Reagan didn’t tolerate it and neither should we today.
Only the rigorous pursuit of truth can save America.
In Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, she writes, “Truth is the product of the recognition (i.e., identification) of the facts of reality. Man identifies and integrates the facts of reality by means of concepts. He retains concepts in his mind by means of definitions. He organizes concepts into propositions—and the truth or falsehood of his propositions rests, not only on their relation to the facts he asserts, but also on the truth or falsehood of the definitions of the concepts he uses to assert them, which rests on the truth or falsehood of his designations of essential characteristics”.
In other words, the mental conceptualization and context within which “facts” are understood by an individual must be as objectively reflective of reality as the facts themselves. How often do we read or hear propaganda perpetuate a fraud by employing facts through contexts which simply do not pertain to those facts!?!
Every tenant of the Marxist political ideologies, be they Communism, Socialism, or Liberalism; as with the tenants of Corporatism, Fascism, and Theological Totalitarianism, are objectionable to reality. It is not that their beliefs and propositions offend our traditions, our beliefs, our customs, or our philosophies, but that they offend nature herself! They are an insult to reality. They exist in defiance of all reason.
Therefore, it is with a profound commitment to that which our enemies reject that we defeat them.
Or have you bought into their propositions that you cannot prove what is true and what is false? Have you bought into their propositions that knowledge and morality are subjective? You see, they do not believe in truth, and therefore have no loyalty to proving their assertions. They do not believe in the human mind’s ability to reason, and thus pay reason no mind whatever. They do not believe that science actually discovers truth, and have moved, successfully I might add, to make our scientists their most potent weapons. Not with truth, but with lies.
That Global Warming, or Climate Change, or Climate Disruption, as a political thesis has been allowed to survive is reprehensible. That mob rule and egalitarianism, democratic utilitarianism, and moral subjectivism have been allowed to advance with such weak opposition is not the fault of those who seek to destroy truth, ignore reason, and abuse science, but the fault of those who have failed to defend them!
The only strategy capable of defeating the left is the rigorous pursuit of truth, knowledge, and correctness. This is a battlefield the left is ill-equipped to fight upon.
Draw them to that field of battle and I guarantee you certain victory.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker